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Definition of "donative" [don•a•tive]

  • A special donation; a gift. (noun)
  • Characterized by, constituting, or subject to donation. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "donative" in a sentence
  • "His house alone contains wealth sufficient to discharge the donative which is never forthcoming, and is daily cast in your teeth."
  • "So was the whole island of Sicily won over to the realm of Justinian before the end of 535, and Belisarius, Consul for the year, rode through the streets of Syracuse on the last day of his term of office, scattering his "donative" to the shouting soldiers and citizens."
  • "(The more technical term is donative commercial non-profits)."